Lawmakers chat as they attend the 42nd session to elect a president in Beirut, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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Lebanon Wednesday edged toward complete paralysis in the executive and legislative branches of power after Parliament failed for the 42nd time to elect a president over a lack of quorum and joint parliamentary committees were also unable to meet to resume talks on a new vote law for the same reason. The simultaneous failure by Parliament and joint committees to meet reflected profound political differences between the rival March 8 and March 14 camps over who should be Lebanon's next president and what voting system to adopt for next year's parliamentary elections. In the meantime, Prime Minister Tammam Salam dashed hopes for an inter-Lebanese accord to end the presidential vacuum, now in its third year, saying Lebanon would not be able to elect a president without the consent of regional and international powers that wield influence in the country.Salam's remarks came on the same day Parliament failed for the 42nd time in more than two years to convene to elect a president due to a lack of quorum, prompting Berri to set a new session for Aug. 8 .The rival factions remain at odds over Lebanon's next president.Deputy Parliament Speaker Farid Makari set a new session for July 27 .
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